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Information 

for Patients and Physicians 

The Faulkner Hospital 



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Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 



INFORMATION for PATIENTS 

FOR the convenience of both patients and physicians 
wishing to send patients to the Faulkner Hospital, these 
few facts about Hospital regulations have been gathered 
and listed under several headings. 

INQUIRIES. All inquiries about patients or the admis- 
sion of prospective patients should be made to the Superin- 
tendent or the Admitting Officer. 

PROFESSIONAL STAFF. Patients may be cared for 
only by members of the Hospital or Courtesy Staff. 

RULES FOR ADMISSION. Ward patients for Free, 
Part Pay or House Service may be referred for admittance by 
any physician, providing the patient resides in Jamaica 
Plain, West Roxbury or Roslindale. 

Free Patients receive hospital care, Medical and Surgical 
service entirely free. 

Part Pay Patients receive Medical and Surgical service 
free and pay a smaller amount than the House Service charge 
for hospital care. 

Private Patients pay their hospital charges and their 
physician's fee as well. 

Accommodation in Medical and Surgical Depart- 
ments is as follows: 

Ward: $24.00 a week or $3.50 a day. 

Patients in rooms pay according to the room they occupy. 

Patients in a 2-bed room pay $5.00 a clay. Those engaging 
small private rooms pay $6.00, $7.00 and $8.00 a day. The 
charge for larger rooms (with or without bath and toilet) 
varies from $9.00 to $15.00 a day. 

TYPE OF PATIENTS. Type of Patients Admitted: 

Patients suffering acute diseases and maternity patients. 
Patients suffering from chronic diseases are only admitted 
when they can be partially relieved by temporary treatment. 
Type of Patients not Admitted : Patients suffering from 
contagious disease, mental disease, acute alcoholism or drug 
addiction cannot be admitted. 



Patients to be Admitted are requested to report at the 
Hospital between 2 P.M. and 4 P.M. on the day scheduled, 
bringing only necessary toilet articles, bath robe or dressing 
gown, and slippers. 

MATERNITY SERVICE. Maternity Service is private, 
the patient is cared for by her own physician - — who must be 
a member of the Regular or Courtesy Staff. 

A bed in the 4-bed room is $4.50 per day for residents of 
Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury or Roslindale and $5.00 per day 
for non-resident patients. Private rooms run from $8.00 to 
$11.00 to $12.50 per day. 

ADDITIONAL FEES 

Operating Room $15.00 Delivery Room $15.00 

X-Ray $5.00 and upwards Anesthetics $5.00* 

Unusual Drugs at cost Food not on menu extra 

Special Nurse board $1.50 Special Nurse fee $6.00 a 
a day day| 

Laboratory charges : free patient — nothing ; ward patient 
— $3.00; small room patient — $5.00; large room patient — 
$10.00. This covers everything but electro cardiogram and 
X-ray, which are extra. 

*If administered by house officer. 
fPaid directly to nurse. 

FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS. Bills are payable 
weekly in advance. Patients should come to the Hospital 
prepared to make a payment sufficient to cover the first 
week's bill. Any excess of payment will be refunded. 

Rates for Accommodation include regular menu, general 
nursing care, and all ordinary dressings. 

The relative responsible for the patient is requested to visit 
the Cashier's Office the day of admittance, to get a correct 
understanding of the financial arrangements. 

The Cashier's Office is open from 9 to 5 on week days and 
closed on Sunday and holidays. 

Patients to be discharged on Sunday or a holiday are 
kindly requested to settle their Hospital accounts on the 
previous day. Make check payable to Faulkner Hospital. 



NURSING CARE. Floor nursing means that the nurse 
has the care of more than one patient. The care will be of 
such quality that the patient will receive adequate service at 
all times, but this does not always mean immediate service 
which the special nurse is able to give to her individual 
patient. 

GRATUITIES. Patients are earnestly requested not to 
offer gifts to nurses or employees. The Hospital does not 
permit it. 

AMUSEMENT OF PATIENTS. The Hostess will be 
ready to supply reading matter, cards and puzzles, or to 
write notes or send telephone messages for the patients. 

Smoking is forbidden in the open wards. 

When not forbidden by the physician in charge, smoking is 
allowed in the single rooms, providing the door leading into 
the corridor is closed. 

Radios are permitted onty with the consent of the Super- 
intendent . 

VISITING HOURS. As a protection for the patients' 
welfare only two visitors are permitted at a time. As a pre- 
caution against infection, children under 12 years of age 
are not permitted to visit patients except on Saturday after- 
noon from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M. 

Exceptions to the visiting hours will be made in cases of 
critical illness; otherwise they will be adhered to strictly. 

Private Room patients 9 A.M. to 9 P.M. 
Semi-Private Room patients 3 to 8 P.M. 
Ward patients 3 to 4 P.M. and 7 to 8 P.M. 

SUGGESTIONS. It is the desire of the Hospital to 
furnish the best type of service and it is requested that any 
criticism or suggestions for improvement be made to the 
Superintendent or the Assistant Superintendent. 

Inasmuch as the Hospital cannot afford at this time to 
maintain a Social Service worker, to investigate cases, it is 
earnestly requested that both the physicians and the patients 
co-operate with us by bringing our attention to those in need 
of help and also by saving us from giving free treatment 
where it is not really needed.